AKRON --- Governor John Kasich has a much bigger lead over Ed FitzGerald in a poll taken after damage from stories about FitzGerald lacking a driving license and being caught in his car with a woman not his wife began to register with voters.
A new Buckeye Poll shows Kasich's lead is now 19 points, 46 percent to 27 percent, with 23 percent undecided and four percent favoring other candidates.
That compares with the last poll taken by Quinnipiac University back in July showing Kasich leading by 12 points..
The latest poll was taken just before Labor Day by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. (The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.)
But the new poll shows Democrats in other state races in more competitive situations.
In the race for Republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted leads Democrat Nina Turner 30 percent to 25 percent, with 45 percent undecided.
"This Republican advantage is not unusual, given the benefits of incumbency and national political environment favorable to the GOP," said John Green, the Bliss Institute Director.
He continued, "The closeness of down-ticket races and the large number of undecided voters means some Democratic candidates maybe competitive on their own...A key factor in Kasich's support is a unified Republican base. The Democrats are not similarly unified behind FitzGerald.
The poll sample was 600 registered voters interviewed on landlines and cell phones.
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